The 2012 Buffalo Grove Days will swing Hollywood style with two acts directly from national television competitions. Jamie Lono, a contestant from season two of NBC’s “The Voice,” will perform Saturday night on the Main Stage. Sunday night’s main Stage will showcase Casey Abrams from FOX-TV's AMERICAN IDOL, season ten.
As an “official” volunteer for the Buffalo Grove Days Committee, I am happy to be back as your go-to guide for Buffalo Grove Days. Most people don’t know this, but this mighty committee of approximately 75 volunteers has been working hard since February to bring you a festival like no other. This year, the gala will take place Aug. 29 – Sept. 3, and promises to wow!
In addition to Lono and Abrams, many more exciting acts are booked for the Main Stage this year. Friday night features 7th Heaven, a top pop-rock band. Later that night, the Little River Band will rock the stage. Heralding from Australia, the Little River Band hit the charts in America between 1976 and 1983 with singles such as “Lady,” “Cool Change” and “The Lonesome Loser.” On Sunday night, we can all rock out with ARRA and their classic rock covers from some of our favorite bands, including Journey, Boston, Styx, Rush, Van Halen, Creed, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Foreigner.
You might remember from last year that I promised some really fun performances in the Beer Tent. Frankly, this is where I have the most fun. Returning to the Beer Tent this year are Whitey O’Day, who plays acoustic guitar to perform folk country, ethnic songs, 50s and 60s, sing-a-longs and old standards. Back for a second year is Andrew Blenderman, a piano man with a repertoire of over 1800 sing-along songs. New to the tent this year is Midnight, a six-piece band that was recently awarded FIVE STARs from Gig Masters, a premier, nationwide on-line booking agency. I am told that Midnight is considered the top cover band within a 300-mile radius of Chicago. Sounds good to me!
In addition to the music, other acts will entertain the whole family. We have reptile shows, juggling, a ventriloquist and crafting. Our Arts and Craft Fair boasts vendors of jewelry, sports items and clothing among much more. The parade kicks off at 1 pm on Sunday on Bernard just east of Arlington Heights Road. Fireworks will shoot off later that night at 9:15 pm with prime viewing available from the Main Stage, Rotary Village Green, Willow Stream Park and the Buffalo Grove Golf Course. Plus, the carnival runs rides and games Thursday through Monday.
The entire fest culminates on Monday with Food & Fun, our program for kids with disabilities and their families. These special guests are treated to carnival rides, lunch and entertainment.
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